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George Raft , Nocturne (1946) Film Noir scene

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Published on Sep 27, 2011

http://www.noiroftheweek.com/2005/08/...
Susan Flanders: "He was a ladykiller. But don't get any ideas. I ain't no lady."

The very start of Nocturne is not promising. The RKO logo is accompanied by a insipid trill that leads into an uninteresting romantic arrangement of the title song. The first credits are typeset in a way that suggests a 1930s backstage Broadway comedy, placed over footage of Los Angeles at night. However, a number of the names in the credits are reassuring: Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney, Queenie Smith, etc., and some are more interesting: the story is co-credited to Frank Fenton, later an actor in the last NOTW, Port of New York, and uncredited co-writer of OUT OF THE PAST; the photographer is Harry Wild, of Murder, My Sweet and the non-Orson Welles-directed sections of The Magnificent Ambersons; the producer (and certainly an uncredited co-writer) is Alfred Hitchcock's right-hand lady and story editor, Joan Harrison, during a brief attempt at striking out on her own; and the sets are co-designed by another frequent Hitchcock collaborator, Robert Boyle.

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